Rogue Senator Jacqui Lambie has reportedly told Clive Palmer and his party that she will leave to run as an independent.
The controversial Lambie is quoted by News Corp as saying that ”even a machine gun” won’t stop her from leaving the party and running on her own.
The Senator and Palmer have been at loggerheads in recent times, with Palmer branding her a liar, and ongoing conflict between the pair.
Meanwhile, members of the Liberal Party yesterday urged Ms Lambie not to walk out on the Palmer United Party (PUP), the crossbencher’s chief of staff says.
A tumultuous week of public disputes between Senator Lambie and party leader Clive Palmer has raised questions over whether she will quit to become an independent.
“I just want to see what direction, if I was to breakaway or whether I stay, I just want to get advice and make sure that I have every area covered,” she said last week.
The rogue Senator has flown home to Burnie to consult family, friends and voters, for advice over the weekend on what her next move should be.
Senator Lambie has been suspended from party room meetings and has been estranged from her party colleagues for a number of weeks.
This week she has broke away from the PUP in the Senate on a number of votes, including supporting Labor and the Greens to strike out the Government’s Future of Financial Advice (FOFA) changes.
But Ms Lambie’s chief of staff Rob Messenger has told the ABC members of the Liberal Party have urged her to stay with the PUP, but that her constituents have made it known they want her to leave.
He said she receives about 800 emails a day, mostly from Tasmanians, with voters urging her to become an independent.
Mr Messenger added that a rumour circulating that Ms Lambie had signed a contract with a lawyer was false, but said she had been offered pro-bono legal representation by a high-profile national firm.